Where it all (the trade) started
Within the old centre of Aalsmeer you will find the "Old Auction-house", now-a-days a café-restaurant, art exposition space, library and society building. Here the growers of Aalsmeer started in 1912 their first auction house, which however already bursted out of it's walls of lack in space in 1928. The flowers and plants then were deliverd from far surroundings by boat and only the last few hundred meters transported by car. Also after the selling, masses of boats left with the flowers and plants. Many in the direction of Amsterdam.
The Historical Gardens at Aalsmeer
Just outside the centre of Aalsmeer a street runs outbound the town and has two canals running beside it. Bridges connect to various monumental farmhouses and one of them invites you for a closer look. these are the historical gardens of Aalsmeer and here you get to know the amazing past about how the production of flowers and especially plants became so super in and around this place. There are examples of outside growing as well as several greenhouses that show the year'round production under glass. Horticulture in the top class of the world.
And where do all these flowers come from?
Surrounding Aalsmeer, but also in various other places throughout The Netherlands, there are glass cities. Nowhere on earth you will find such a very dense greenhouse surface and the annual production isn't only the top of the world, but leaves all others far far behind. But Aalsmeer also can count on the enormous production of flowers in the open fields nearby (between Leiden and Haarlem). If you are intrested you might take an attempt to visit a grower, but ... not all are welcoming strangers as for preventing contamination and quality insurance is very strict. In Aalsmeer however we have the historical gardens (see next tip)
The Flower Market
If you visit Aalsmeer you can't miss The Flower Market. Inside the premises you'll see the vast hangers with crates of flowers to be auctioned and the famous Auction clocks.
worlds largest flower auctions 2
60,000 transactions done each day with 4 auction rooms kept busy - luckily they are able to be watched through clear glass windows
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